The AFC North has established itself as the undisputed best division in all of the National Football League.
Right now, all four teams would make the playoffs, even with the Pittsburgh Steelers struggling mightily with their offense.
All four teams have a winning record, with a three-way tie between the Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals at 5-3, and the Baltimore Ravens atop with a 7-2 record.
That’s why, as good as the Bengals have played of late, Joy Taylor still believes the Ravens are on a tier of their own in their division (via Speak).
— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) November 7, 2023
Taylor explained that the Bengals dug themselves into a very significant hole early in the season, and the worst part about that is that most of their losses were against AFC teams.
On top of that, they have one of the toughest remaining schedules in the game, and they’re going to have to win multiple games on the road as well.
The Bengals still need to go against the Houston Texans, Ravens, Steelers (twice), Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Browns to get a playoff berth, and they’ll have to be almost perfect down the road.
Joe Burrow is obviously back to full strength, which means they now have a top-3 quarterback under center and someone who has led them through adversity year after year, but the Ravens not only hold a two-game edge over them — as well as one divisional win — but they also have one of the best signal-callers in the game.NEXT: Analyst Makes Big Projection About Antonio Pierce's Future